We are honored to announce that Susan Juhasz will receive the 2019 Emerald Leader Award on March 2, 2019 at Leadership Geauga County’s Emerald Ball.  (Executive Director- Melanie Scanlon and Emerald Ball Cochair Matt Emrick pictured with Susan Juhasz (middle))

The Emerald Leader Award is given annually to an individual, a business and/or a non-profit agency that exemplifies outstanding leadership by positive contributions to Geauga County through volunteer service, philanthropy, or innovation.

Matt Emrick, Leadership Geauga Board VP and Emerald Ball co-chair, said, “I’m very excited for Sue and delighted we are honoring her and the vital work of the Hunger Task Force. She is a person who wakes up every day and decides to be a force for good.”

“Amazing” is one word used by many people to describe Susan Juhasz and her focused determination to relieve hunger in Geauga County. Her husband, Rick, offered a story on how it all started. “Thirty-two years ago, Sue and I decided we needed to help more, so we contacted the Geauga Job & Family Services at Christmas and were given the names of three families. We brought bags of groceries and toys to each family, but seeing in person the children’s response made it obvious to us that this simply was not enough. So Sue began her search for a way to bring people and partners together to raise money for the Hunger Task Force.”

The result was the formation of the all-volunteer Good Tidings Benefit Choir, with Sue and Rick acting as producers and with the generous support of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Rick estimates that 900 people have been involved since the first concert. Some singers have participated for 30 years, some for 25, but very few have less than 5 years of experience with the event. Over the past 29 years, the Choir’s annual holiday concerts, in free will donations, have raised over $200,000. All proceeds go directly to the Geauga County Hunger Task Force. In 2017, its seven food pantries provided over 480,000 meals to residents of all ages in our community.

Sue has served as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors at the Geauga County Hunger Task Force for a number of years. She currently serves as its Board President. Paulette Kadis-Gaia, Treasurer of the Board, remarked, “Sue never loses sight of the organization’s goal, which is hunger in Geauga County. She rolls up her sleeves, works hard, and makes the trains run.”  Claudia Toth of United Way of Geauga County agreed, saying “Sue works all day as a surgical nurse, but she serves all the time.”

Sue is a Registered Nurse at the University Hospital Geauga Medical Center and has been on the nursing staff for 39 years. She is currently a member of the Surgical Nursing staff.  Even at UH, though, hunger is not far from her mind. When UH does its seasonal giveaways of turkey and ham to employees, Sue organizes it so those employees who wish may donate their ham and/or turkey to the Hunger Task Force.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ohio University, magna cum laude.

Susan has been married to her husband, Richard Juhasz, for 42 years. They are the proud parents of two adult children: Geoff, a chef at a local restaurant and Colleen, studying for her Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at Youngstown State University.


The public is invited to honor Susan Juhasz by attending Leadership Geauga’s annual Emerald Ball, an evening of leadership recognition and philanthropy, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 700 Beta at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village.

For further information on sponsorships or to purchase tickets, call 440-286-8115 or visit the Leadership Geauga website at leadershipgeauga.org   


For nearly 25 years, Leadership Geauga County has been building bridges between the public, private, and non-profit sectors with annual programs that inform, educate, connect and inspire seasoned and future decision-makers of Geauga County. Program graduates serve as catalysts in building strong organizations and vibrant communities. LGC programs are a unique combination of relationship building, leadership development, personal and professional growth, and community education.

For further information, please call 440-286-8115 or : https://www.leadershipgeauga.org/emerald-ball/